One week to go – here’s what you need to know about this year’s BOISW…

We’re now just one week out from the 20th anniversary of NZ’s biggest and best multi-day keelboat regatta. The entry list is still growing, with 103 boats signed up to race so far, and there’s still time to enter right up until the end of Registration on Tuesday 24 January for those who haven’t entered yet. But the sooner you enter the easier it is for our team of volunteers to plan a fun and successful regatta for everyone, so please enter online now.

BOISW – Your complete survival guide

Make the most of the week and know before you go. We’ve compiled all the essential information you need for an enjoyable Bay of Islands Sailing Week.


The North Sails & Explore Marquee will be outside the Opua Cruising Club, at the bottom of Franklin Street in Opua – same as previous years. Join us for food, drinks and entertainment each evening.

Parking in Opua is limited, so please car pool wherever possible.

Food & Drink

FOOD: meals and snacks served inside the Opua Cruising Club. Dine in the club or bring your plate outside to the marquee.

BAR TICKETS: No cash bar – please purchase tickets at the Eftpos kiosk which can be used for both drinks and food. $7 a ticket. Stock up early and avoid the queues.

2023 Regatta Schedule

Tue 24 Jan – Registration

REGISTER at the North Sails & Explore Marquee from 4pm-6pm. Collect your starter pack and division flag there.

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS are digital only – download the BOISW App for SIs and instant notification of any amendments.

LATE ENTRIES will be accepted right up until the end of Registration, if you haven’t already entered.

Wed 25 to Fri 27 Jan – Race Days

  • COFFEE & CABINET FOOD can be purchased from the Opua Store from 6.30am.
  • WEATHER report by North Sails will be available each morning. Get the BOISW App for updates.
  • RACING starts at 10.30am and finishes around 4pm.
  • DRINKS served at the bar and Mount Gay Rum Bar in the North Sails & Explore Marquee from 4pm.
  • DINNER served in the Opua Cruising Club from 4pm
  • ENTERTAINMENT each evening from 6pm
  • SPOT PRIZE DRAWS every evening in the North Sails & Explore Marquee – be there to win!


Thu 26 Jan – Explore Beach Party at Otehei Bay

It’s the night you’ve all been waiting for! The Bay of Islands Sailing Week Beach Party with live music from Penny Royal Tea. Ferry tickets are selling fast and departures usually sell out. Get yours now.

Fri 27 Jan – Prizegiving

Prizegiving is scheduled to take place from around 7:00pm on Friday – but please bear with us as start time is dependent on processing of all results. We’ll get things rolling as quickly as we can!

Pre-order your official event clothing

The official range of 20th anniversary Bay of Islands Sailing Week gear is now available to pre-order. Customise a shirt with your own boat name or graphics, or pre-order to make sure you secure your gear and avoid missing out if supplies run out during the regatta.

Order now – email or call 09 407 1527

Packed lunches from Opua Store

The Opua Store will again be preparing hearty, wholesome packed lunches to order. Make sure you order at least a day before to ensure you get what you’re after, as demand is VERY high on race days, with sandwiches often selling out fast.

Opua Store Packed Lunch Order Form

Marina Office

For marina berths bookings, pier entry, shower and toilet access etc – please contact the Opua Marina office during their opening hours – daily from 8.15am to 5pm, on 09 402 7124 or

Crew wanted & available

Looking for a spot or need an extra pair of hands? Check out the Crew Wanted and Available lists. It would be great to get everyone who wants to sail out on the water.

Sail Repairs at the North Sails loft

Don’t let a damaged sail ruin your regatta! North Sails will run a service loft at the regatta to repair sails from any manufacturer.

Contact North Sails BOI

Please help us run another Clean Regatta

At the last event we were proud to be awarded PLATINUM Clean Regatta status – the highest level of sustainability certification in the Sailors for the Sea programme. Help us reach the same high standard this year by minimising waste, separating recyclables and refilling your water bottles.

We look forward to seeing you next week, but if you still have questions in the meantime, feel free to contact us or have a look at the regatta info on the website.